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MusicXML Support in MaxScore and BrailleMUSE

MusicXML is drawing ever closer to support by 100 applications. I recently heard about two new applications that have added MusicXML support: MaxScore is a Max object that adds music notation to the Max/MSP system, including export to MusicXML files. … Continue reading

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Cabrillo Festival 2008 – Triple Play

Saturday’s Cabrillo concert was another winner. It opened with a beautiful piece by Dorothy Chang, moved on to an intriguing work by Mason Bates, and concluded with a spectacular percussion concerto by John Corigliano with Evelyn Glennie as soloist. I … Continue reading

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Cabrillo Festival 2008 – First Night

August in Silicon Valley means that it’s time for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music over the hill in Santa Cruz. This is an amazing two-week festival of contemporary orchestral music. Since 1992, the brilliant Marin Alsop has been the … Continue reading

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Beijing – July 2008 – Forbidden City

After our first concert with Jin Xing, we had more sightseeing time in Beijing. The highlight were Tian’An Men Square and the Forbidden City: This was the one day on the tour where we were outside a lot when it … Continue reading

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Beijing – July 2008 – The Egg

Our first concert in Beijing on July 1 was in the Great Hall of the People. This is a huge space, so the combined orchestras and choruses were amplified. It was the opening concert of the pre-Olympics China International Youth … Continue reading

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Beijing – July 2008 – The Great Wall

We had one more big sightseeing day before getting back into our rehearsal and concert schedule in Beijing. During the morning we visited the Temple of Heaven: In the afternoon, it was off to the Great Wall at JuYongguan. The … Continue reading

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Beijing – June 2008 – The Summer Palace

I try to avoid redeye flights whenever possible, but I got a wonderful night’s sleep in the soft sleeper section of the night train from Shanghai to Beijing. We arrived at the Beijing railway station: We then went to a … Continue reading

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Shanghai – June 2008

JoAnn and I sing in local symphonic and opera choruses in Silicon Valley, including the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and West Bay Opera. We were very fortunate to be able to participate in the Stanford China Music Tour in June and July. Continue reading

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